Let's hear it—this one time—for the NYPD. Arizona resident Jennifer Foster was visiting Times Square on Nov.ember14 when she and her husband witnessed a uniformed officer commit a remarkable act of kindness. A homeless, shoeless man was begging for change, but the cop went the extra mile. Here's what Foster wrote to the NYPD:
“Right when I was about to approach, one of your officers came up behind him. The officer said, ‘I have these size 12 boots for you, they are all-weather. Let’s put them on and take care of you.’ The officer squatted down on the ground and proceeded to put socks and the new boots on this man. The officer expected NOTHING in return and did not know I was watching. I have been in law enforcement for 17 years. I was never so impressed in my life. I did not get the officer’s name. It is important, I think, for all of us to remember the real reason we are in this line of work. The reminder this officer gave to our profession in his presentation of human kindness has not been lost on myself or any of the Arizona law enforcement officials with whom this story has been shared.”
The officer has been identified as 25-year-old Lawrence DePrimo, who happened to be working a counter-terrorism post when he saw the man. “It was freezing out and you could see the blisters on the man’s feet. I had two pairs of socks and I was still cold," he said. After finding out the man's shoe size, he went into a shoe store and purchased a pair of $100 boots for the man. When employees realized what he was doing, they gave him $25 off.
DePrimo says he holds on to the receipt to remind him that "sometimes people have it worse.”